November 3rd, 2012, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
Inspired by his relationship with a Kwaxkwaka’wakw elder, Richard Boyce embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast. Guided by passion and a determination to honour reality, Boyce travels to the most remote corner of Vancouver Island, through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is on the brink of extinction. The trees, ranging from seedlings to massive 1,200-year old colossi, thrive along the banks of an ancient river flood plain, which provides for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest.
This film is an evocative journey, contrasting modern logging with forestry as practiced for ten thousand years by First Nations people.